2nd Edition

The Flexible SEL Classroom
Practical Ways to Build Social Emotional Learning

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after March 8, 2022
ISBN 9781032126623
March 8, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
136 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations

USD $29.95

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Book Description

Social emotional learning is more than just helping students be social. In this co-publication from Routledge and AMLE, Amber Chandler shows how middle and high school educators can be intentional about seeing their students for who they are, growing relationships, and building community.

Grounded in classroom experience, her practical strategies can be adapted to suit different needs, so you can create a Flexible Classroom and reach all learners. Topics include encouraging academic risk-taking without fear of failure; helping students self-manage; teaching self-awareness; modeling responsible decision-making and empathy; building relationship skills; and emboldening students to become more socially aware.

This updated second edition features new chapters on running restorative circles and focusing on resilience instead of deficit analysis. There is also a special section with post pandemic takeaways, as we learn new ways to help students thrive.

Table of Contents

1. The Truth About Grades and the Importance of Risk-Taking 2. Keeping All the Balls in the Air: The Importance of Self-Management 3. Escaping the Echo Chamber: Teaching Self-Awareness 4. Whatever Happened to Afterschool Specials? Preparing Students for Responsible Decision-Making 5. Relationship Skills: Don’t Let Them Get Your Goat 6. Social Awareness: "We All Have to Try" 7. Restoration: Circles and Bubbles for Healing 8. Resilience: Just Keep Pedaling

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Amber Chandler is a National Board Certified middle school teacher in the Frontier Central School District in New York. She is a frequent writer for MiddleWeb, ShareMyLesson, AMLE Magazine, and other educational resources. She is also author of The Flexible ELA Classroom: Practical Tools for Differentiated Instruction in Grades 4–8. Visit her website flexibleclass.com or follow her on Twitter at @MsAmberChandler.